In 2003, Virginia was in last place among state spending on the environment. Thus began an effort that by 2006 evolved into the non-profit organization VIRGINIAforever. Our diverse group of environmental advocates and business leaders began in earnest its work to encourage greater spending on the environment by the Virginia General Assembly.
Since our formation, VIRGINIAforever has been influential in expanding land and water conservation programs in addition to sustaining results-driven, state-funded programs to improve the quality of life in Virginia. We do so through our strong advocacy efforts.
VIRGINIAforever meets with agency heads and key government officials, attends committee meetings and hearings, and conducts direct outreach to lawmakers. We help educate decision makers on current land and water concerns, as well as the impact of funding and budget amendments on environmental programs. We closely monitor budget discussions affecting the Water Quality Improvement Fund and the Virginia Land Conservation Fund.
VIRGINIAforever developed a five-year plan that sets for funding goals for 2015 through 2019.
We call on the Commonwealth to achieve the following five-year funding goals for land conservation:
$833,785,000 to protect:
We call on the Commonwealth to achieve the following five-year funding goals for water quality improvement:
$805,000,000 to include:
Read our full report here.
VIRGINIAforever greatly appreciates support from land and water advocates across the Commonwealth. You can help VIRGINIAforever’s advocacy efforts by contacting your legislator to express your concern about land preservation and water quality issues and request his or her support for increased state funding for natural resource protection. For tips on contacting your legislator, contact us.